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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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Basic Drawing Tools
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Let's Get Started - Basic Tools

First Year Project:

Day One & Two

 

Short answer:

Lecture - Introduction to Basic Tools (20 - 30  minutes) The lecture will provide the student with a basic starting point as far as, measurement, line, scale and relationship.

 

Activity - Basic Grid Pattern With A Pencil (2 to 3 hours)  

 

Materials: T-Square. triangles, 2H pencil, bristol board or paper

 

Procedure:

1. Square up bristol board to your T-square and tape to your drawing board     

2. Using a 3H pencil, carefully lay out the grid pattern shown in the diagram below. Check your measurements for accuracy. Measurements must be exact or you will be required to redo the diagram.

3. Draw all lines with your pencil Be sure that the horizontal lines are drawn with a T-square and vertical lines with a .combination of T-square and triangle.

4. Submit to the teacher for evaluation.

 

Extra Time:

If you have some time left over, begin to play with 2D design. Fill in blocks with solids colors and see how you can move the eye around the grid.

 

 

Day Three, Four & Five

 

Lecture:

How to Set up a Grid Mondrian (20 - 30  minutes)

 

Basic Explanation of how to set up a grid for the Mondrian Project

 

Grid Project (2 to 3 hours)

 

Instructions: Provided with a piece of paper 14" by 11" inches you will take the knowledge learned in the first project. On this project, you will set two 1/2 inch square grids with the same spacing as before, except the two boxes will have 2" of space in between them. 

 

Once the grid is drawn the students will use there colored pencils to a Mondrian Project!​

Day Six, Seven & Eight

 

Lecture:

How to begin drawing the basic shapes and shading

(20 - 30  minutes)

 

Instructions:

Having a good understanding of geometric-shapes and forms and observing them in what you are trying to draw, helps your understanding of the structure of what you are observing.  You can find these basic shapes in most everything you will be draw from observation, weather a mechanical object or organic object in nature.  Simple examples of this are trees. We can easily see the relationship of these basic geometric forms in the mass of the leaves on trees, shaped like spheres, cones or cubes. 

 

This exercise is to help you understand these shapes and forms.  It will also have you begin to imagine how light affects three-dimensional objects and how cast shadows form from these objects. 

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Assessment:

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

See Detailed Rubric Information
 

HOMEWORK:

Year One, Project Overview: Drawing from Observation

- Shoes - Must be done in full greyscale... 100% Black to 100% White
Look at the details and explore what the stitching really looks like Make sure your shadows tell where the light source is coming from.


 

Experimental Project: L1 - Paint
Project Name: Abstract  

Project Overview: For this project, you will need to leave your comfort zone and try something different with paint. Abstract art can be very rewarding.

 

Specifications: Using the supplied materials student will make 3 different abstract examples that work together as on piece.

 

EXAMPLE

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